What’s the first year of starting a business like?
The long hours. The never-ending piles of email and to-do lists. Never feeling like you have enough time. Not knowing whether it’s going to work. How do you get through it all as a first year entrepreneur?
Ashley Lynch, wedding and event planning extraordinaire, shares how she got through her first year of starting Festoons and Flourishes. Some people just have the spark—I knew Ashley was the perfect person to coordinate the day of my wedding three years ago. At that point, she hadn’t even started her company yet!
In the audio conversation below, we talk about what it takes to germinate an idea from seed to seedling, why the first year is so hard and what needs to be there in order for you to keep on going.
Check out Ashley’s background and our conversation highlights below.
Ashley Lynch, Wedding and Event Planning Extraodinaire
Background: Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Michigan, 13 Years in the Service and Events Industry
Livelihood: Wedding and Event Planning with Festoons and Flourishes, Fine Arts and calligraphy commissions, Crafts on Esty, Artistic and service-oriented roles at Ascension Brewing Co. (where my husband is the Executive Chef)
New Projects: Expanding Festoons and Flourishes, Growing a large personal vegetable garden for eventual food share in my community
Loves: Having quiet time, Being with my husband and pups, Catching up with friends, Antiquing, Gardening, Exploring new restaurants and foods, Being creative and sometimes just doing nothing (although the latter sometimes makes me feel guilty!) 🙂
- The “aha” moment and what it takes to nurture a seed of an idea into growth
- Perception is everything and can always be changed—so change your mindset and approach to failure
- The reality of what other people think about you, your ventures and your failures
- Why the first year is so hard and what needs to be there if you’re going to make it through
- The importance of knowing, learning and accepting all of yourself in the process of following your passion
- The fear is going to be there anyway, so use the fear to your advantage
- For sustainability, set and respect your boundaries. Prioritize what’s truly important on a daily basis—personally and professionally.
- Comparison is never productive. Take baby steps on your own timeline.